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Shooting the Constitution in the foot

Associated Press is reporting that football player Plaxico Burress has been sentenced to two years in prison for carrying a concealed weapon after his license had expired.  That sure seems extreme for a guy who wasn’t convicted of any other crime.  I’m not one to spend a lot of time defending rich guys who get cross threaded with the law.  But in this instance, a guy is going to prison for a paperwork infraction concerning a right specifically guaranteed in the Constitition — the right to keep and to bear arms.  Burress was bearing arms.  So what’s the big deal if his license is outdated?  Fine him $1.98 and issue a new one.  Two years in prison for such a measly infraction isn’t about justice.  You have to suspect the real agenda is about sending a message to all those gun owners out there.

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